A group of U.S. doctors with Taiwanese backgrounds is traveling to Switzerland this month to petition for the Asian island’s inclusion in the World Health Organization. “It’s not fair to 23 million people,” said Simon Lin, an anesthesiologist in Hacienda Heights. “We hope to get our voices heard. Don’t let this issue become too political.” About 20 doctors and their spouses plan to make their case by rallying in Geneva when the annual WHO summit starts May 14. The Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles could not be reached for comment. Autonomy is a sensitive subject on both sides of the strait, and for local Taiwanese transplants. Though the island is a de-facto independent country with a separate government, China insists that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are all part of China. Simple words are charged with politics, and even what restaurant people eat at can have connotations. Proponents say they are only asking for observer status within the WHO, and argue that viruses transcend national boundaries. But things aren’t so simple. “When you’re dealing with Taiwan and China, it’s all political,” Rosen said. “Even if you say it’s just about health, if Taiwan is given some special status, it suggests to the mainland that this is a step toward independence.” In the meantime, local doctors continue to try to raise Taiwan’s profile in the world of medicine. Since 2003, NATMA has organized volunteer doctors and dentists on trips to Central America to offer aid. The group has visited Panama, Granada, and Guatemala, said Arcadia’s Victor Lin, who chairs the international medical mission committee. “We see ourselves as Taiwanese Americans. We need to build these bridges, let people know that Taiwanese doctors have compassion,” said Lin, a dentist in San Gabriel who visited Geneva last year. “Even though we don’t know when we can reach this goal \, we still have to let our issues be known.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They argue Taiwan’s participation in the United Nations agency is critical in an age of global travel, and point to the SARS epidemic in 2003 and the pandemic threat of avian flu. “Taiwan needs a channel to access info from the WHO,” said Lin, who first went to Geneva with the North American Taiwanese Medical Association in 1997. “The mission of WHO is health for all. You should not discriminate.” However, China’s One China policy, and its worldwide clout, means that only a handful of countries recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation. The island is not a member of the United Nations. “Taiwan wants more international space,” said Stanley Rosen, director of the East Asian Studies Center at USC. “And the mainland is trying to restrict their space as much as possible. “This is one of the areas where Taiwan thinks it has the best chance of succeeding \ it’s not going to happen as long as China is against it.”
It was a criticism levelled against the Belgian international during his Everton and West Brom days, with only 15 of his 85 league goals coming against Man United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs.However, Mourinho has been pleased with Lukaku’s form after his £75million summer move from Everton and is not concerned by the statistics.Mourinho said: “I’m not worried – 21 goals is not bad at all. I don’t measure the players’ performances the same way you do.“I have other points of analysis and I’m happy with Romelu’s performance when he doesn’t score goals.”United meet Chelsea on Sunday, with Mourinho adamant that the visit of his former club is an important match for Champions League qualification, even if the title isn’t on the line.“For the past 10-15 years, Manchester United and Chelsea, big matches, and this is one more but different circumstances because many times they were matches for the title,” he added.“This time I think we have both, us and them, to agree that’s not the case. But we play both for top-four and it’s a big game independent of what is at stake.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000United meet Chelsea on Sunday, with Mourinho adamant that the visit of his former club is an important match for Champions League qualification, even if the title isn’t on the line.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Jose Mourinho has brushed off any concerns about Romelu Lukaku’s scoring record against the Premier League’s heavyweights.Lukaku has netted 21 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season, but none of those has come against any of the top eight teams in the Premier League.